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Research Degrees in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures

The School of Modern Languages and Cultures welcomes applications from students interested in completing postgraduate Research Degrees.

We offer Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees across a variety of fields of study in both full-time and part-time modes.

Applications are considered subject to appropriate supervisory capacity of the School's academic staff.

Current areas of staff interest:

Stefan Auer
European History (with a particular focus on the politics of memory); Enlargement of the European Union; Eurozone crisis; German post-1945 History and Politics; Nationalism in Central Europe; Political Theory and Political Philosophy (i.e. Hannah Arendt, Edmund Burke, Jürgen Habermas and Carl Schmitt); The self-limiting revolutions of 1989 in Central Europe; the Geopolitics of EU-Russia relations and Ukraine.

Janet Borland
Modern Japanese history; Natural disasters and post-disaster reconstruction; History of child and youth health in prewar Japan; Architectural history of Tokyo.

Paul S. Cha
History of Korea, 19th century to present; Religion and Nationalism; Christianity in Asia; Colonial Modernity; Postcolonialism

Stephen Yiu-Wai Chu
Hong Kong culture; Popular lyrics; Chineseness; Postcolonialism; Globalization.

Bárbara Fernández Melleda
Latin American Studies (cultural theory, visual arts, material culture); Literary Studies (focus on poetry, narratives, self-referential writing); Southern Cone literatures and cultures (dictatorship and post-dictatorship contexts); Latin American gender studies and activism; Latin American Boom.

James Fichter
European studies; American studies; Maritime and business history; Histories of the following: English and other East India Companies, British and French imperialism, early modern Atlantic, colonial America, United States, US in the world, US-China relations, whaling, coal and commodities.

Tim Gruenewald
American film and television; Critical Race Theory; U.S. graphic narrative; Visual Studies; Memory Studies.

Loretta Kim
History of China and Inner Asia, 1600-present; Ethnic minorities and ethnic policies in China; Borderlands and frontiers; Histories of indigenous peoples; Chinese ethnic minority languages and literatures (including Manchu and Mongolian).

Su Yun Kim
Modern Korean literature & culture; Modern Korean cultural history; Japanese empire & race, gender and sexuality; Popular narrative.

Monica Lee Steinberg
Visual culture, art, new media, and law and politics of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, with a specific focus on fictional attribution, legal studies, and activist humor in a global context.

Yoshiko Nakano
Media; Communication; Globalization of Popular Culture and 'Soft power'

Daniel Poch
Modern and early modern Japanese literature and culture; Gender and sexuality; Theories of emotionality and affect; Japanese literature in transcultural and comparative perspective (China-Japan-Europe).

Facil Tesfaye
Colonial & post-colonial African history; German colonial medical history in Africa; History of medicine/disease in Africa; History of colonial statistical practices in Africa; Post colonialism.

Roland Vogt
European politics, foreign policy, and political economy; International Relations (incl. IR theory); Democratization and political culture; Sino-European relations; Latin American and African politics.

Dixon Heung Wah Wong
Anthropology of Japanese companies; Comparative management studies; Comparative study of popular cultures in Hong Kong and Japan; Comparative kinship studies; Anthropology of colonisation and decolonization.

John D. Wong
Transnational business history; Social, cultural and economic history of the Pearl River Delta and Southeast Asia.


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